In the January transfer window, Anthony Martial was permitted to leave Manchester United and join Sevilla on loan, a deal that hasn’t exactly been beneficial to any of the parties involved.
It was a loan move that began with Ronaldo’s messages and expectations for a LaLiga triumph, but will now finish with Anthony Martial’s backdoor escape from Sevilla.
Due to injury, the Frenchman will miss Sevilla’s final game of a season that has stalled since his January arrival.
His signing was dubbed a “big transfer” by the LaLiga giants, who anticipate him playing a key role in the title chase.
Manchester United would have welcomed a rejuvenating spell for the £36 million forward, with the prospect of a summer sale looming large.
Jesse Lingard, who returned to form with West Ham last year, demonstrated why temporary switches can be so helpful.
While United missed out on the opportunity to profit from Martial’s exploits in east London, if he had prospered with Sevilla, it would have afforded the ideal opportunity to recuperate some of the enormous outlay they made to Monaco in 2015.
It was a big event when he was unveiled at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan in January.
When he initially put on the renowned red and white stripes, accompanied by manager Julen Loptegui and director Monchi, there was a feeling he’d be the big man right away.
And that was the case in the early weeks, with him starting the first three games after his transition, scoring once in the Europa League and adding an assist in the league against Elche.
But there were clues early on that things might not go as planned, with Lopetegui having reservations about his start.
Lopetegui stressed, “Anthony has to offer us a lot more. It was his first game, and adjusting is difficult; he hasn’t played much this year, and he has to get into the rhythm of things and build minutes and confidence.”
“Martial continued to play despite a muscle issue, but his minutes gradually decreased.
He was out of shape and unsuccessful on the field, with the squad winning only two of his first eight LaLiga matches.
After being knocked out of Europe by West Ham, the 26-year-old has seen his opportunities dwindle even more, having played only 23 minutes since April 17.”
According to the Spanish news outlet Estadio Deportivo, it was a well-kept secret that Martial had a clause in his contract that allowed him to play whenever he felt fit.
But, because of his fitness concerns and lack of form, Sevilla were never able to fully realize his potential.
The Italian revealed last month that he wasn’t ruling out a permanent move, but his time at the club appears to be up.
With the Italian set to return to Old Trafford in the coming weeks. “I’m not shutting the door on his continuance.” Monchi explained, “We’ll have to talk to the youngster to see if he’s happy or not.
He was a risky bet, but not as costly as people assume. Around €5-6 million, according to what I’ve read.
Because he is injured, it is impossible to assess his overall performance. His performance has been good, and he helps the players around him improve.”
Incoming United manager Erik ten Hag has stated that he would meet with every player at the club to determine who will and who will not be a part of his ambitious redevelopment.
It looks like he will not return to the Red Devils next season, although his list of potential suitors does not appear to be long.